• Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Darden Center for Global Initiatives

    Marc Johnson

    R. Marc Johnson 
    Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives 

    Marc Johnson is Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives for the Darden School.  In addition to leading the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI), he guides and advocates for Darden’s global engagement, partnerships and strategy, working alongside leaders across the enterprise to advance the school’s impact and reach around the world.  He also works closely with key stakeholders in various schools and departments at the University of Virginia to further university-wide efforts globally. He previously served at Darden as the Associate Director of the Tayloe Murphy Center, focusing on economic development through entrepreneurship in Virginia communities facing economic challenges. Prior to coming to the Darden School, Johnson served as Assistant Director and Director of Programs at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA, where he oversaw programs on Virginia politics and leadership for groups ranging from high school students to working adults. Johnson holds an MBA from the Darden School and an M.Ed. from the Curry School at UVA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Government, with a focus on International Relations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary and is a member of the Virginia Board for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

    He currently teaches political leadership and civics in the Sorensen Institute's programs and has taught entrepreneurship and nonprofit management for the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is the co-author of several entrepreneurship case studies and, in 2006, co-authored an article in Academic Exchange Quarterly on the effectiveness of civic education programs in preparing college students for leadership roles in politics and public life. Johnson also serves on the  Global Business School Network Advisory Board for Experiential Learn.

    Dennis Yang

    Dennis Yang  
    Academic Director of the Asia Initiative and Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business  

    Dennis Yang is the Academic Director of the Asia Initiative at Darden and the Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business Administration. He has taught first-year MBA and GEMBA classes on Global Economies and Markets and is developing an elective course on China and Asia.

    Yang's research focuses primarily on economic development and growth, as well as labor economics, especially in the context of China and economic transition. His work has covered a wide range of topics including household behavior, education, savings, poverty and famine, long-term growth, China's population policies, wage structure, and income distribution. He has published in leading economics journals, such as American Economic Review , Journal of Political Economy , Economic Journal , Journal of Economic Perspectives , Journal of Monetary Economics and the  Journal of Development Economics . He has also co-edited three books on economic reforms in China and served on the editorial boards of several international economics journals.

    Yang has held other positions worldwide. He is a senior research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany. He is also the President-elect of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies and holds the Chang Jiang Visiting Professorship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He has undertaken consulting work for international organizations such as the World Bank and The Conference Board as well as other leading multinational companies.

    A native of China, Yang obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining Darden in 2012, he served on the economics faculty at Duke University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Larry Mueller

    Larry Mueller  
    Assistant Dean, Global Advising

    Larry Mueller was named assistant dean of Global Advising in July 2017. He serves as an adviser to the international student population at Darden. He also focuses attention on further globalization of the Darden curriculum, creating new global business relationships and seeking new case study opportunities.

    Mueller joined the Darden School faculty in 1993 and most recently served as assistant dean for the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA), leading operations that focus the MBA education in global venues. In that role, he developed relationships with global companies and their C-suite constituents, which lead to company visits and international in-class speakers. He also worked with faculty colleagues to initiate the development of new case studies that pertain to the MBA skills and disciplines being taught during international visits. He oversaw and managed the logistics and hospitality operations and vendor contracts for GEMBA residencies in the United States, Brazil, China, France, Germany and India.

    Previously at Darden, Mueller served two years as executive director for the Darden Center for Global Initiatives, served 16 years as director of financial aid, and taught in both the residential MBA and Executive Education.

    Mueller has served as a consultant to Marriott Hotels, Singapore Airlines, Singapore’s Service Quality Centre and Citigroup. He was also senior catering services operation manager for Marriott Hotels and local chairman of the company’s service quality committee.

    Mueller received his Ph.D. in management and administration from the University of Virginia, MBA from the Darden School, and bachelor’s degree in economics from UVA.

    Mueller currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Center for Christian Study, faculty advisor to the Virginia Gentlemen, academic advisor for the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences, faculty fellow to Brown Residential College, and development advisor to the Virginia Glee Club.

    Kristen Pappas

    Kristen Pappas 
    Director for Global Programs 

    Kristen Pappas serves as the Director for Global Programs. One of her main areas of focus is overseeing the various international academic programs that the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) coordinates for Darden students. Pappas joined Darden in 2009 and has served in various roles. Most recently she served as the Interim Associate Director of Student Affairs. Pappas earned a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Dayton. From 2007–09, she was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Field at the Semester at Sea Program. She obtained a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and taught Business English in Santiago, Chile for one year. Pappas is an avid traveler and has traveled throughout South America, Asia and Europe.

    Katherine Beach

    Katherine Beach 
    Director for Global Engagement 

    As the Director for Global Engagement, Kate Beach leads the Darden Center for Global Initiatives activities and engagement with external stakeholders, including outreach, communication and marketing. She oversees the planning and execution of the Center's engagement events in key markets, manages relationships with key stakeholders, including the Dean's Global Advisory Council, and works with faculty on collaboration with partner schools for design and offering of International Partner Programs. Alongside Darden's Communications and Marketing team, Kate promotes Darden's global activities, interfacing with other departments to gather and share global stories through various Darden and DCGI print and online publications.

    Prior to joining DCGI, Kate earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. While a graduate student and afterwards, she worked in various positions at the Institute for Shipboard Education, most recently as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar. Kate has visited approximately 30 countries around the world and she is passionate about creating greater global understanding and collaboration.

    Doris Cao_110x154  Doris Cao

     Director of China Initiatives


    Doris Cao, based in Shanghai, China, has significant experience working with U.S. business schools entering into and developing their presence in the China market.  She has served as Associate Director of the USC Marshall School of Business  Shanghai Office, supporting their Global Executive MBA Program delivered jointly with Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2012.  In this role she has led the team for operations and execution of marketing, admission, student/alumni relations, faculty service and administration, developing marketing and recruitment plans throughout Southeast Asia for the program, overseeing operations, and managing key accounts for business development in China and the region.  Previously, Doris served as  Program Manager for the Rutgers Business School Shanghai Office and as Director of Public Relations for the Shanghai Angel Charity Foundation. She holds an Executive MBA from Rutgers Business School and a BA from Shanghai International  Studies University.

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    Ladi Carr
    Director for Global Executive Programs

    Ladislava “Ladi" Carr manages global, in-country learning experiences for students enrolled in the executive formats of Darden's MBA program (EMBA and GEMBA), with primary responsibility for delivering four major, global residencies each year. Ladi works closely with Darden faculty and the Executive MBA program teams to execute immersive international experiences and to explore new and expanded learning opportunities for the executive-format students. She also works closely with Kristen Pappas, Director for Global Programs, in the planning and delivery of global programming for the residential MBAs. Prior to joining the CGI team Ladi was the Associate Director for the Global Executive MBA program at Darden and had previously managed international post-graduate education programs the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

    A native of the Czech Republic, Ladi earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at Charles University in Prague. She is a TED translator, loves travel and cultural immersions. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia.

    Kristen Fisher

    Kristen Fisher
    Researcher for Darden Center for Global Initiatives, Mayo Center for Asset Management, and the Institute for Business in Society

    In her role as a researcher for the Center for Global Initiatives, the Institute for Business in Society and the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management, Kristen is responsible for collaborating with program directors and faculty to produce and assist with thought leadership highlighting the research and programs of the centers. She also manages the Resilience Awards program as well as the logistics for the University of Virginia Investing Conference. Before coming to Darden, Kristen worked for Albemarle County as a Project Coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant. There, she successfully designed and implemented a campaign to reduce drinking and driving in the area.

    While a student at the University of Virginia, Kristen had the opportunity to do an exchange program with the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia. She is thrilled to be working for an organization which helps to give others a life-changing experience of their own.


    Trisha Hongcharti
    Global Programs Coordinator 

    Trisha Hongcharti serves as the Global Programs Coordinator and primarily supports the work of the Director of Global Programs and the Director for Global Executive Programs in delivering excellent student service and ensuring the successful implementation of the range of global programming sponsored by CGI for MBA students, including Global Business Experiences, Executive Global Residencies, Global Consulting Projects and Exchange.

    Trisha manages the administrative aspects of the development and implementation of global academic programs including related systems such as travel management, student travel registrations, student itineraries for self-managed travel, student travel insurance enrollments, etc. She manages the student exchange program and provides support to the Associate Directors in working with student affinity clubs.

    She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. As a student, she worked at the UVA Career Center, where she discovered her passion for student affairs. Her academic and professional interests include diversity and inclusion in higher education, career counseling, and college access and success.

    Hai Yan Chen webHai Yan Chen
    Global Programs Coordinator 

    Hai Yan Chen serves as the Global Programs Coordinator and supports the Director of Global Programs in developing international academic programs to enhance Darden student experience. Some of her focus areas include managing Darden Worldwide Courses and connecting students to Global Consulting Projects.

    She holds a Master of Arts in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech (VT) and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Business from Emory & Henry College (EHC). Previously, Hai Yan served as the Assistant Director and Recruitment Coordinator for the EHC Honors Program, Graduate Assistant for VT Student Affairs Office of Family and Alumni Relations, and International Programs Associate for the VT Pamplin College of Business.

    Her passion for global education stems from her study abroad experience in Germany during undergrad, as well as exposure to cultural dissonance throughout her transition to the U.S. at a young age. Hai Yan is excited to use her skills to support the global student learning experience at Darden. 

    Lauren Wallace

    Lauren Wallace
    Global Engagement Manager 

    Lauren Wallace serves as the Global Engagement Manager by supporting and managing key components of the Darden Center for Global Initiatives engagement activities both at Darden and abroad. She manages CGI's international partner programs, coordinates leadership travel arrangements, supports strategic international events, and serves as the primary point of contact for all logistical needs for visitors and Darden faculty and staff involved with global engagement activities. Lauren also works with external vendors, alumni, and key stakeholders, and supports the CGI’s communications and marketing portfolio.

    Prior to her work at Darden, Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from James Madison University, where she also completed a Humanitarian Affairs Minor and a Global Religions and Global Issues Minor. She participated in the 2015 INU Global Citizenship and Peace Seminar in Hiroshima, Japan and studied abroad in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Lauren is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from James Madison University. Passionate about bridging cultures and working towards a just world, Lauren is glad to contribute to Darden’s global community. 

    Ann Joseph

    Ann Joseph
    Global Business Analyst

    Ann serves as the Global Business Analyst of the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI). Ann collects, analyses and prepares reports on Darden’s global engagements. Besides helping assess progress towards DCGI’s priorities and engagements, Ann also works with the Darden Chief Strategy Officer to support the development and prototype of a strategic reporting and analysis system and dashboard for the Darden enterprise.

    Ann is from India where she did her undergraduate studies in Economics from Madras University. Ann has worked with Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas, and has also run her own Indian clothing social enterprise partnering with the Kerala state government. Most recently, Ann received the UK Government’s Commonwealth scholarship to pursue her graduate studies in International Development from the University of Bath, UK. Ann is excited to bring her international experiences to the team and help with DCGI’s mission to ultimately increase Darden’s global presence.

    Stephanie Swing Stephanie Swing 
    Operations and Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Global Initiatives, Institute for Business in Society and Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management 

    Stephanie serves as the Operations and Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Global Initiatives, the Institute for Business in Society, and the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.  She is responsible for integrating projects, financial operations, office administration, and logistics to enhance the activities each Center. In her role she works to promote communication among the Centers and throughout the Enterprise.   

    Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Minor in Geology from East Carolina University. Prior to Darden, she served in a similar role in the Office of Global Affairs at her alma mater.